Sunday, 1 November 2009
We Must Not Insist On Disobeying Allah.
.....................In The Name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most Kind.......................
..............Five ways to disobey Allah!..........
Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi mentions a conversation between a young lad and the great scholar Ibrahim Bin Adham in his book Kitab At-Tawwabeen, page 285.
The young boy: O Abu Ishaq, I am wronging my soul, advise me with something that’ll hold me back from disobeying Allah and breathe new life into my heart.
Ibrahim Bin Adham: Alright. If you take five things from me and fulfill them, you can disobey Allah the Almighty all you want and no harm will come to you.
Young boy: (Interested) Ok, tell me.
Ibrahim Bin Adham: One, if you want to do other than what Allah wants you to do, then do not eat the food that He provides you.
Young boy: Then where am I supposed to eat from when all the food on earth is from Allah?
Ibrahim Bin Adham: Dear lad, is it right that you eat the food Allah the Almighty has given you and then go off and disobey Him?
Young boy: No it is not right. What is the second?
Ibrahim Bin Adham: Two, if you want to live life to the fullest in disobedience of Allah, then don’t live on His land.
Young boy: That’s harder than the first. Where shall I live when all that is in the east and west the belongs to Him?
Ibrahim Bin Adham: Dear boy, is it right that you eat His food and live in His land, yet still insist on turning your back when He calls you?
Young boy: No it’s not right. What’s the third?
Ibrahim Bin Adham: If you want to disobey Allah, yet still eating the food He gave you and still living in His land, then find a place where He can’t see you.
Young boy: O Abu Ishaq, how can that be so when Allah is the All-Seeing and All-Knowing of all that happens, even what the heart whispers?
Ibrahim Bin Adham: Dear boy, is it right that you eat His food and live in His land and disobey Him while He watches you and what you are exposing?
Young boy: No it’s not right. What’s the fourth?
Ibrahim Bin Adham: When the angel of death comes to snatch your soul, tell him to grant you a day so that you can sincerely ask Allah for forgiveness and change your life.
Young boy: He won’t grant me that.
Ibrahim Bin Adham: Dear boy, if you find yourself helpless to put off death for just one day and you know that it cannot be delayed by your wishes, how do you expect to win?
Young boy: (With a sigh) What is the fifth?
Ibrahim Bin Adham: When the gatekeepers of Hell will come to drag you away on your face to Hellfire refuse to go with them.
Young boy: Nothing will stop them.
Ibrahim Bin Adham: How do you expect to be saved then?
Young boy: Enough, Abu Ishaq. (And he lowers his head crying). O Allah, forgive me for my transgression.
Epilogue: Young boy went on to become a student of Ibrahim Bin Adham. He repented to Allah sincerely and lived an upright life with his teacher until death parted the two.
Imam Ibrahim Bin Adham died over a thousand years ago in the year 778 CE..
...................Can We Disobey Allah Without His Bounties?...................
Allah the Highest created the Heavens and the Earth, and put Adam and His descendants on Earth, giving us all provisions we need.
Allah the Highest provided us with what we need in our bodies to live, work and multiply, and with the means of life on earth of food, water, air and material.
Also Allah the Highest sent us the guidance to live according to His Way, which we choose to obey or disobey.
Whether we obey or disobey Allay the Highest, we can not do without the bounties He bestowed upon us, in ourselves like health and senses and in our provisions, money, food etc.
One can not steal without health, eyesight, hearing and other thing. An Adulterer can not commit adultery without health and wealth and senses. So on is the case in all kinds of disobedience.
There is no way of knowing the extend of Allah’s bounties upon us, for the more we know, the more we know of Allah’s bounties. Allah the Highest said:
“AND IF YOU TRY TO COUNT ALLAH’S BOUNTIES, YOU WILL NEVER COUNT THEM, INDEED ALLAH IS MOST FORGIVING AND MOST COMPASSIONATE”. (S: 16 A: 18)
To us, Allah’s bounties can be one of two things:
- Bounties he uses to obey Allah and please Him.
- Bounties which will tempt him to do wrong and evil, disobeying Allah the Highest. Such person, the more of Allah’s bounties he will have, the more able he will be to disobey Allah and to do wrong. For this person, giving us more, is giving us leeway to do more wrong.
Let us look at ourselves to see if Allah’s bounties upon us increased our obedience or disobedience of Allah. If it increases our obedience, let us be thankful. If it increases or disobedience, let us try to put ourselves right before we become of those about whom Allah the Highest said:
- ALLAH MOCKS THEM, AND GIVES THEM LEEWAY IN THEIR WICKEDNESS TO KEEP WONDERING BLINDLY. (S:2 A:15)
“AND GIVE THEM LEEWAY; MY PLAN (FOR THEM) IS FIRM INDEED”. (S:7 A:183)
- “THOSE WHO DENY OUR AYAHS, WE WILL LEADING THEM FROM WHERE THEY DO NOT KNOW”. (S:7 A:182)
Those, Allah the Highest left them and let them disobey, not out of pleasure with them, but to the contrary out of Displeasure and Anger.
We all commit sins, but we have to start being more serious at minimizing them to the least. You are not asked to be perfect or sinless, but today we want to promise Allah and ourselves that we will never insist on a disobeying Him. Search within yourself for the sins you do and you know that they are wrong and be determined to stop them. It is understandable if you forget or get weak and do them again, but quickly repent and ask Allah for His forgiveness and renew the promise. We Must Not Insist On Disobeying Allah. Its a Divine Law "When people insist on disobedience, they are destroyed."
Look back in history. Why did Adam and Hawwa (Eve) leave Paradise? It was because of disobedience. Why was Shaytan (Satan) cursed and expelled from the mercy of Allah? It was because he insisted on a sin (arrogance). Look at the people of Lut, what happened to them? They were destroyed because of their sins. They refused to follow the guidance of Allah and insisted on committing their enormous sin (sodomy). Allah the Almighty says, "But the (mighty) Blast overtook them before morning, And We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay. Behold! in this are Signs for those who by tokens do understand" (15:73-75). Muslims!! Do you see the danger of insisting on disobeying Allah? Try your best not to commit sins, and if you do, quickly repent and be determined not to do it again.
Anas ibn Malik asked A'isha (R.A.)) the wife of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Mother of the Believers: "O Mother, when does the Earth shake and quake (zalzala)?" She replied, "O Son, its when drinking intoxicants spreads, as well as adultery and other forms of disobedience. Then Allah tells the Earth to shake and quake." So Anas asked, "Is it as a punishment?" She replied, "No! But it is mercy for them (so they may wake up)." Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, "If disobedience spreads in my Ummah, Allah will overwhelm them with calamities."
Never think that tiny sins don't matter because they accumulate and cause grave consequences on the long run. Like a drop of water that might seem harmless, but when these drops of water get together, they make a flood that wipes out cities.
Let tonight be a night of sincere repentance. Ask Allah to forgive your sins and promise Him and promise yourself that you will resist committing sins with all the power you have.
Imam Ali (R.A)) said: "No calamity has descended except by disobedience, and no calamity is repelled except by repentance."
We ask Allah the Highest for His Protection from His Displeasure and Anger. Amen